Tap & Mallet
Taps: 31 / Bottles: 165
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
4.43/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Neck and neck with The Old Toad for best beer selection in my city.
About 25-30 taps on at any given time, with one cask that's always on. Great mix of local, US craft, and interesting international selections. I've gotten to try so much good stuff over the year I've been going there that I didn't think I'd be able to try- White Oak, Parabola, Great'r Pumpkin, etc.
The service is OK, not great. Table service is generally better than bar service. The bartenders can sometimes have a "I'm better than you" attitude, and regulars get treated much better than anyone else, but it's not surprising, and railing against something like that is like railing against water being wet. It's life. Sometimes the place is a little too dark.
The food is generally pretty good, although we've ordered a few duds. The food is expensive, however. Nonetheless, Tap and Mallet serves up the best poutine I've ever had (I've never been to Montreal, however). Be sure to order the vegetarian gravy instead of the beef gravy, it's that much better, made with mushrooms I think?
Parking is sometimes a problem- the parking lot they have is small, and a lot of people come here. Not the worst thing in the world.
Definitely recommended. If you want good beer, it's here.
01-24-2014 21:49:09 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.4/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
What's not to like about a venue that has a long list of many fine beers, including different vintages of the same beer?
Upon entering, there is a long bar on the left that extends to the far wall. In the immediate room there are stools along the bar as well as tables with stools. The number of taps on the bar is always an impressive sight with the beers rotated as the kegs are kicked. The next room over, which is only disappointing for lack of billiards and darts, has more tables and stools.
The selection of beers here is easily the best in the area of Rochester; save, possibly, Beers of the World which is not a pub. You're also able to fill here. Both growlers and a smaller jar-like container whose name escapes me. There is a deposit, but upon return of the container, the deposit is refunded (though usually spent on more beer).
The service is great especially when the bartenders offer suggestions based upon your previous orders. I've yet to order from a table, but I imagine the service is just as robust as from the bar.
The atmosphere is always nice and does get louder toward the weekend and with events; i.e. Beer Week in Rochester.
The food is tasty, but a bit expensive ($9 for a burger).
Overall, if you like beer and like to try new beers when you're out this is the place to go in Rochester, NY.
10-24-2013 02:31:02 | More by Stranger5582
District of Columbia
4.08/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went to Rochester for a wedding, drove from the airport directly to Tap & Mallet.
It was early afternoon so there was no crowd, but the place is comfortable. The bartender was knowledgeable of the beer on tap and other local spots to hit for more options. They have a good selection including quite a number of flavors I do not have access to in DC.
The food was decent, a step above the usual pub fare. The staff will happily suggest what brew pairs best with your food order.
If ever I get back to Rochester, this place is on the list for a return visit.
12-18-2012 21:04:43 | More by hungryghost
Tap & Mallet in Rochester, NY
97 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.